No. 6 Women's Tennis Opens Dual Season Against Mississippi
Jan. 20, 2003
ON TAP: The sixth-ranked Arizona State women's tennis team (0-0) will open their 2003 campaign across the country in Williamsburg, Virginia when they face Mississippi (1-0) on Saturday, January 25 at 12:00 p.m. and 16th-ranked William & Mary (1-0) on Sunday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. The Sun Devils defeated William & Mary, 6-1, last year in Tempe.
2002 RECAP: Recorded a 15-8 record, tied for fourth in the Pac-10 Conference with a 4-4 mark...notched a final ranking of ninth after advancing to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Team Championships...finished in the top-10 for the fifth time in the past six years...was the sixth straight season ASU advanced to the Round of 16...advanced to the postseason for the 17th time in 18 seasons, and 15th straight...hosted the first two rounds of NCAAs for the fourth straight year, defeating SW Missouri State and Arizona by 4-0 scores...fell to No. 7 North Carolina in the Round of 16 by a 4-1 score...junior Adria Engel earned All-American honors in singles and doubles while sophomore Dora Krstulovic earned doubles All-American status...Engel also earned Pac-10 first team honors and Krstulovic honorable mention status...Engel finished the season ranked 13th in singles and ninth in doubles with Krstulovic...Krstulovic finished ranked 30th in singles and ninth in doubles...Engel advanced to the NCAA singles quarterfinals and finished the year with a 24-15 record...junior Mhairi Brown earned Academic All-American second team honors and first-team all-region accolades...went 9-4 at home and 11-4 outside of the conference.
HEAD COACH SHEILA McINERNEY: Enters her 19th season at the helm of the Sun Devil program after leading her team to a NCAA Round of 16 appearance and a No. 9 national ranking in 2002. McInerney has also guided ASU to eight quarterfinal appearances in her tenure, and has made the NCAA tournament in 17 of her 18 seasons. McInerney was also selected as the head coach of the 2001-2002 USA Tennis Collegiate team. In 1997, McInerney was honored as the ITA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Sun Devils to a 15-7 record and a No. 7 national ranking. She also garnered 1997 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year honors and is a three time (1988, '90, '01) West Region ITA Coach of the Year. McInerney, who owns a career record of 280-168 (.625), posted three 20-win seasons (1986, '90, '01) to her credit and has guided the Devils to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. ASU has finished in the top-10 in five of the past six seasons and an astounding 13 times in her 18 seasons. McInerney has tutored 23 All-Americans and 13 different all-conference players.
DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: As a team, Arizona State is No. 6 in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Preseason Rankings, administered by the ITA. In singles, Adria Engel is No. 21, Dora Krstulovic comes in at No. 39 and Mhairi Brown at No. 109. In doubles, Engel and Krstulovic begin at No. 20, while Brown and Cindy Sureephong check in at No. 37.
SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Once again the Devils will face a strong non-conference slate along with the always powerful Pac-10 Conference. Thirteen ASU opponents earned NCAA bids last year, while nine of ASU's opponents are ranked in the top-25. The Pac-10 comprises five of the nation's top-10 teams and seven of the nine Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top-21.
HOME SWEET HOME: Over the past five seasons, Arizona State holds an impressive 55-14 (.797) overall dual record at the Whiteman Tennis Center, and is 25-5 (.821) the past two seasons.